Learn More About the KCC

Kaufman Children’s Center is an award-winning clinic that offers speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, social skills instruction, and applied behavior analysis (ABA) autism programs. Parents are able to obtain many services for their children all under one roof in our bright, family-friendly facility that includes speech-language suites with adjoining parent observation rooms, classrooms, playrooms, and a state-of-the-art sensory gym. The KCC staff is highly trained and known for its enthusiasm, expertise, outstanding clinical skills, and insights into children. Therapists work together in a true team approach, creating the best possible outcomes for children.

All About Us

Here's how the KCC came to be a
leader in special needs services.

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Community Outreach

The KCC is a proud supporter of many local organizations and events.

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Professional Staff

Meet the KCC's therapeutic, administrative, and support staff.

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Center Policies

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About the Kaufman Children's Center

Serving the nations’ families for almost 25 years, the KCC is a leader in innovative treatment programs for children with special needs.

 

In 1992, speech-language pathologist Nancy R. Kaufman began providing private therapy with only an answering machine for support. In time, she was joined by several of her fellow SLPs, then added an occupational therapy and sensory integration program.

 

Over the past decade, the KCC has expanded its offerings for children on the autism spectrum, providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services for dozens of children in our center-based program and many more through home programs.

 

The center has grown to include over 45 staff members who provide the finest programs and offers dozens of specialized treatment options. What was once the smallest of private practices has evolved into a full-service, award-winning pediatric clinic for children with special needs.

 

The KCC provides a multitude of services under one roof, not only for metro Detroit children, but also for families who travel here from other states and countries seeking intensive therapy for their children.

 

Nancy Kaufman has become a worldwide leader in childhood apraxia of speech, and welcomes approximately 100 families a year for week-long programs. Families often opt to return for longer summer sessions, and a few whose children have benefitted from our programs have actually moved to the Detroit area to maximize continued progress.

Meet Our Staff

All members of the KCC staff represent the highest standards of excellence in their field and have extensive experience in pediatric therapy. Continuing education is supported and encouraged to ensure our methods are as up-to-date as possible. Our staff members are part of the KCC team because of their expertise, outstanding clinical skills, and their warmth and insight into children.

Administrative & Support Staff

NANCY R. KAUFMAN

MA, CCC-SLP
Owner & Director
Speech-Language Pathologist

Meet Nancy

Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP is the owner and director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc. (KCC). Since 1979, Nancy has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become effective vocal communicators.

Nancy serves on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), on the board of visitors of Wayne State University’s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, and is the speech-language pathologist consultant for the Parish School and Carruth Center in Houston, Texas, and Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Nancy is the recipient of the 2010 Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award as well as the 2011 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) Distinguished Service Award. The Kaufman Children’s Center also received the Clinical Service Award from MSHA and Corp! Magazine’s Best of Michigan Business Award. Nancy was named the 2015 Community Excellence Business Person of the Year by the West Bloomfield Township Chamber of Commerce, and is an honoree of the Lawrence Technological University Leaders & Innovators program.

Nancy is the author of several products designed to help children who struggle to speak using the K-SLP methods, most recently the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol Instructional DVD Set. Many specialists in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) have adopted the K-SLP for children with autism spectrum disorders. Nancy lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on the subject of childhood apraxia of speech and other speech sound disorders in children. Families from around the country and the world travel to the Kaufman Children’s Center to participate in intensive and specialized therapy programs. The KCC continues to grow and has earned a reputation for excellence, warmth, and successful outcomes.

Nancy received her BA at Michigan State University and MA at Wayne State University, having been awarded a graduate assistantship. She has three grown children and resides with her husband in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

KELLY SWAGLER

Administrative Director

Meet Kelly

Kelly has been with the KCC since 1992. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan. In her free time she enjoys thrifting with her husband, playing with her two cats, learning about mid-century modern design and architecture, hearing live music, organizing, and traveling.

DIANE REINHEIMER

Office Manager

Meet Diane

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DAWN FIELDS

Administrative Assistant

Meet Dawn

Dawn has been with the KCC since 2006. She received her associate’s degree in office information systems from Schoolcraft College. She enjoys reading, gardening, bike riding, and camping.

CYNDI DAVIS

Community Outreach Coordinator

Meet Cyndi

Cyndi majored in English at the University of Michigan-Flint and worked in journalism before moving to communications and marketing. She and her husband have four sons and spend a lot of time in the stands cheering them on.

EDIE ROME

Transcriptionist

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Community Outreach

Nancy Kaufman and the staff of the Kaufman Children’s Center believe in giving back to our local community and beyond. We especially enjoy opportunities to make life better for children with special needs and their families. Here are just a few of the organizations with which we’ve shared our expertise, time, and financial resources.

 

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AUTISM ALLIANCE OF MICHIGAN

The Autism Alliance of Michigan leads collaborative efforts across the state to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

 

The KCC is proud to help in these efforts and has sponsored and participated annually in the organization’s Navigating Autism Conference and the Michigan Shines for Autism Gala.

 

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AUTISM SOCIETY OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The Autism Society of Oakland County advocates and supports meaningful participating in all aspects of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

 

The KCC has worked with ASOC in many ways, including as a sponsor of their annual Golf for Autism event, and a sponsor and sensory room facilitator for their annual Walk for Autism.

 

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AUTISM SPEAKS

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support.

 

The KCC is an annual supporter of the Autism Speaks Walk, the world’s largest autism fundraising event. We join with countless others across the country to raise the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong support and services.

 

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CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH ASSOCIATION (CASANA)

CASANA is a non-profit charity that helps strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech (CAS) so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication.

 

As a well-know apraxia expert, Nancy Kaufman serves is a member of CASANA’s professional advisory board and presents her methods at the organization’s annual conference and other events. In 2016, the center hosted a CASANA-sponsored apraxia workshop for Detroit-area parents.

 

The KCC is a long-time sponsor of CASANA’s apraxia walks, contributing funds and resources to parent-led apraxia efforts in cities across the country. The walks are a wonderful way to raise both awareness about apraxia and critical funds for programs and research, as well as a chance to celebrate the persistence and resilience of children with apraxia.

 

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FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE OF MICHIGAN

The Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families through recreational, social, educational, and vocational programming. Friendship Circle also provides support to individuals and families struggling with isolation, addiction and other family-related crises.

 

The KCC is an annual supporter of the Friendship Circle’s Walk 4 Friendship, an amazing community event that raises crucial funds for the organization and awareness for children, teens and young adults with special needs.

 

In addition, the KCC was a sponsor of the Friendship Circle’s Perspective program, a series of six seminars that provided helpful information to parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs.

 

In 2015, the Friendship Circle opened the Farber Soul Center to provide a loving and inclusive environment for adults with challenges who have graduated from the Friendship Circle. The KCC took up a holiday collection to support the new center.

 

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JARC

JARC is a non-profit organization providing a rich continuum of services for those with developmental disabilities. Their efforts range from in-home respite care for children and young adults to independent living services and group homes for adults.

 

The KCC is an annual sponsor of JARC’s Spring Elation fundraising event, which raises critical funds to support JARC’s important work. In addition, Nancy Kaufman has presented valuable information to JARC’s staff on the nature of communicative challenges.

 

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JEWISH FEDERATION OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT

A major instrument of Jewish philanthropy and engagement in the Detroit area, the Jewish Federation is a community-drive organization committed to taking care of the needs of Jewish people and building a vibrant future.

 

The KCC is a sponsor of many Federation events, especially those under the umbrella of “Opening the Doors,” an inclusion program that enables diverse learners to be included and engaged in Jewish education with their peers.

 

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METRO PARENT

MetroParent is an online parenting community offering expert advice, stories on parenting trends and issues, and numerous ways for parents to enrich their experiences raising the next generation.

 

The KCC is an annual sponsor of Metro Parent’s Living with Autism workshop, which gives parents and professionals the chance to connect with doctors, service providers, and more. Our therapists have been featured as presenters each year, providing expert information on a variety of topics related to ASD.

 

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OUCARES AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism) provides innovative programs for teachers and opportunities for individuals living with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The multifaceted approach includes education for professionals, research in the field of autism education and daily living, and support services for families.

 

The KCC’s occupational therapy staff facilitates a sensory room each year at OUCARE’s Family Fun Day. Our OTs provide fun sensory-based activities for kids, as well as a quiet space to get away from the hubbub of the event.

 

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UNIVERSITY LECTURES

Nancy Kaufman has shared her methods and experiences with thousands of undergrad and graduate students in speech-language and other communication courses. She has guest lectured at many universities, including Wayne State, Michigan State, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Purdue, and even the University of Hawaii.

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Center Policies

Here are some important guidelines about your child’s participation at the KCC. Please call our front office at 248-737-3430 with questions or clarifications on policies.

Cancellation Policy

Consistent attendance is the most important part of your child’s success. You have been assigned regular standing appointments on the KCC schedule, and each therapist has specific times reserved for you. We ask that you notify us in advance if you will not be keeping your appointment.

 

In fairness to our therapists, missed appointments (no shows) or those canceled with less than 12 hours notice will be billed at full charge. We will certainly take individual circumstances into account (illness, emergency, etc.)

 

If you need to cancel and your child receives more than one service (speech, OT, ABA), please call the front desk so the message gets to all therapists.

Inclement Weather Policy

Michigan weather can be intense! Here’s what a “snow day” means for your sessions at the KCC.

 

When West Bloomfield Schools are closed due to road conditions (not low temperature or building problems), all morning sessions of SPEECH & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY will also be CANCELED. Families scheduled for afternoon sessions should plan to attend unless they are contacted by staff.

 

ABA SESSIONS are closed for the ENTIRE DAY.

 

If the KCC is open and you decide to keep your child home, please be sure to communicate with your therapist or call the front desk at 248-737-3430.